Nichole, it is nice to meet you. Tell us what is the working title of your book?
My book Descendant is being released this coming May.
What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a young adult contemporary paranormal. Which actually is a lot of genres melded, I guess.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I actually try not to pick actors for my stories, because I think the characters will look different to everyone, and I don’t want to mess up their imaginary possibilities.
I see what you mean … Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Never, ever, ever give up. If you can make it to the moment when you think you absolutely can’t do it anymore, that means success is just around the corner.
Also, the single most important thing you can do as a beginner is to finish a draft.
What is the synopsis of your book?
This isn’t the final cover blurb, but it’ll do:
Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.
Blessed—or cursed—with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he’s a missing piece of her own soul.
Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she’s not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it’s not just Abby’s life at stake.
Will your book be self-published or traditional?
Traditional, through Rhemalda Publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Uh…the first draft? The original first draft happened in a month. Then I threw that one away and spent the next year and a half writing it over. Five or six or seventeen drafts and six years later, it’s finally being published.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s actually a little like the TV show Heroes, only with teenagers.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A lot of people and things, actually. For this particular story, I’ve taken bits and pieces of situations and people from my whole life and meshed them all together with fictional ideas.But the idea for Abby being a healer came when I attended a workshop about chakra balancing given by a dear friend. (Find more information about holistic healing at www.thewayofthewitch.com
What else about your book might pique my reader’s interest?
This story deals with loss, death, love, romance, personal healing, energetic balance, inner light, and other teenage situations.
Nichole Giles was born in Nevada, and moved with her parents to a number of cities in and around the Midwest. Her early career plans included becoming an actress or a rock star, but she decided instead to have a family and then become a writer. Writing is her passion, but she also loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.